This policy brief stresses that with only 0.2 hectares of forest per person, the Asia-Pacific region is, per capita, the least forested region in the world. It highlights that reinvestment in forests is necessary to reduce timber import dependence, support biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, revitalise rural economies and protect land and populations from environmental hazards and the impacts of climate change. Expanding the region’s forest base is an essential component of a greener future.

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Organization: FAO, Asian Development Bank, International Tropical Timber Organization, UK Department for International Development, Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation

Topics: Economic and Development Planning, Forestry, Mitigation, Biodiversity

Type of material: Other

Publication date: 2012

Language: English